Organic Times products have always been palm-oil free, and we are proud to say we are now POI approved.
We aim to bring you only the best sustainable and ethical products, so it is no surprise that Wildlife Conservation is important to us. With our high ethical standards and our love for the welfare of animals comes the promise that we never use palm oil. The palm-oil industry is linked to major issues such as deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty and indigenous rights.
Being POI approved means:
- We have passed POI’s stringent ingredient checks for our products to be verified as completely palm oil free.
- POI monitor our products to ensure our products remain completely palm oil free.
- We support the initiatives of POI and in partnership work to provide ethical, palm-oil free products.
The effects and usage of Palm Oil
Indonesia is being deforested faster than any other country in the world, and it has everything to do with one product: palm oil. Large areas of tropical forests and other ecosystems with high conservation values have been cleared to make room for oil palm plantations, essentially killing the biodiversity of the ecosystems that they replace.
Palm Oil is used in around 50% of products consumers purchase and used daily. The derivatives of palm oil otherwise known as fractions of the oil are used in the manufacture of pre-packaged food, cosmetics, cleaning products, hair care, soaps and personal care items. Palm Wax is used in the manufacture of candles.
The food industry is responsible for 72% worldwide usage of palm oil.
Clearing rainforests to make way for plantations has taken a heavy toll on local communities, destroyed natural habitats for endangered species, and become a critical factor in climate change. Replacing natural forests with palm oil plantations vastly diminishes the ability of vegetation to capture and store carbon dioxide. It’s estimated that deforestation contributes up to 20 percent of global warming.
About Palm Oil Investigations (POI)
Founded in 2013, POI is a voluntary not-for-profit organisation focused on raising awareness and educating us on the impacts of unregulated Palm Oil production and how often it is used in every day household products. The aim of the organisation is to educate consumers on how to identify palm oil content in products and inform consumers about the certification status used in such products. By finding, investigating and exposing products that hide palm oil as an ingredient to consumers, POI is helping us to make better choices.
To find out more about POI and the amazing work they do, go to their website.